The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has announced that there has been no significant change in climate science, international or EU environmental circumstances on which the fourth carbon budget was set, and, consequently, there is no legal or economic basis to change the budget at this time.
The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the UK Climate Change Act 2008 to advise the UK and Scottish Governments and the devolved assemblies in Cardiff and Belfast on emissions targets and to report to the Westminster Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.
The chairman of the CCC is Lord Deben (pictured above) who – then known as John Gummer – was a former Tory MP and Environment Minister. He is largely remembered in the public mind as the minister who publicly made his daughter eat a meat burger in a photo-stunt to ‘prove’ that there was no risk to public health from the 1990 mad cow disease outbreak in the UK.
Commenting on the CCC’s final advice to the UK Government, Scottish Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, said today: “We strongly endorse the Committee on Climate Change view that there is no case for the UK Government to pull back from its 4th carbon budget and we welcome their view that Scotland has made good progress in key sectors such as energy.
“Scotland has set world-leading greenhouse gas emission reduction targets to reduce Scotland’s emissions by 42% by 2020, and has detailed plans on how to meet those targets. Between 1990-2011, Scotland’s unadjusted emissions reduction of 29.6% (25.7% after adjustment for net ETS emissions) was the largest in Western Europe (the EU-15).
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to our targets, which will outperform the current UK target for 2020, and we will continue to support efforts to secure an ambitious global deal on climate change in 2015.”